Once an emblem of strength and sisterhood, pop group Danity Kane -- the product of MTV's "Making the Band 3" competition -- was reduced to tabloid fodder last year when TMZ reported that Dawn Richard struck band mate Aubrey O'Day in the head after an altercation in an L.A. recording studio. This morning, Richard opened up about the incident to The Breakfast Club and explained that her breaking point had been met long before she closed her fist and swung.
According to Richard, Danity Kane, which was reborn as a four-piece group in 2013, had been hard at work recording "DK3" when tensions started rising. Richards recalled that O'Day and Shannon Bex confronted her and claimed she was monopolizing the album's vocals, and that when they tried to secretly adjust tracks behind Richard's back, she lost her cool.
"They told me we had the studio the next day, and they went in the day before," she shared. "I walked in on them doing it, and I tried to confront them...I blacked out...I couldn't believe it. It's my fault, their fault, everybody."
"There is no excuse for my behavior...but everybody gets pushed to a limit," she added. "When something is poison, and you go into the studio and people are literally going behind your back and lying to you and taking your vocals and doing things that are shady, that's foul."
In retrospect, Richard said DK was doomed from the moment it reunited without all of its original five members and pointed to pride as the ultimate catalyst to its undoing.
"The problem with Danity Kane is everybody wanted to play everybody's role, and when you're in a group like that, that can't survive -- everybody can't be Kobe [Bryant] on the team," she said. "A quarterback cannot decide tomorrow to say 'I'm gonna be a wide receiver.' He might be a really great runner, but when it's time to get this championship ring, everybody has to play a part."
Now, Richard bemoaned, the group's legacy is nothing more than a punchline.
"We could have done something really revolutionary -- it would have been dope to be a part of that," she lamented. "Before all of this, we were just known as that girl group with that really dope song -- that was positive! Now we're a joke: 'Oh, you punched that girl.' 'Oh, that TMZ story.' That wasn't what we built."
Watch Richard's full interview below, and check out her solo album "Blackheart," which was released last week and which Richard says addresses the DK fallout.